My boys just love Dates – given the chance they would most likely eat an entire packet between the three of them (I am including Mr HKHM in boys for this post). Given they are a healthy snack, but full of natural sugar – and lets face it – sugar is sugar once it is broken down in the bloodstream! (Dates are high in Fructose – or Fruit Sugar) – a limited intake is preferable for little ones who just don’t need that amount of sugar in their diets. They are however a nice sweet treat alternative to lollies (as is Dried Mango for Adults……mmmnnnn Dried Mango).
These sweet little morsels are not something I make regularly, but for some reason the boys will consume far less of these than they will of the dates themselves – so they work in a way to reduce consumption!
Date and Almond Balls
Gluten free, Dairy free
makes about 18
2.5- 3 cups chopped Dates
2/3 Cup of blanched almonds – I used Slivered almonds
1 tblsp Honey
Finely grated orange zest from 1 orange
good sprinkle of mixed spice
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
Place the chopped dates and almonds in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the honey, orange zest and mixed spice and process until the mixture has a paste like consistency. Take tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.
H-Boy loved helping to make these as I gave him the special job of rolling the balls in the coconut.